Patents by Inventor Mark Kenneth Eyer

Mark Kenneth Eyer has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9997200
    Abstract: The video bookmark feature allows a user to tag an item or segment of interest within audio/video content being watched. Each tag, or bookmark, can contain within it metadata associated with the content captured by the receiver at the time the bookmark was recorded; further information can be derived via interaction over the Internet with a service provider. Applications supported by video bookmarks include telescoping ads, capturing screen shots for later review or printing, and retrieving more information about any arbitrary subject being viewed, whether it is a scene in a program, an advertisement, or other associated information about the subject. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Patent number: 9716923
    Abstract: A method consistent with certain implementations involves delivering a triggered declarative object (TDO) to a television receiver device that carries out a programmed routine when user activated and includes an announcement definition that announces presence of the TDO to the at the announcement time; and the TDO including data that defines a time of display of an announcement and a location on a video display for display of the announcement of the TDO. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Robert Blanchard, Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Publication number: 20170195751
    Abstract: A method consistent with certain implementations involves receiving a triggerable declarative object (TDO) at a digital television receiver device that carries out a programmed script upon execution; the programmed script including a parameter discovery function that determines an operational parameter of the television receiver device and further includes a programmed function; initiating the execution of the TDO in order to initiate execution of the script on a processor of the television receiver device; running the script on the processor of the television receiver device in order to discover the operational parameter and in order to carry out the programmed function; and where the programmed function is conditional upon the discovered operational parameter of the television receiver. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Applicant: SATURN LICENSING, LLC.
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth EYER
  • Patent number: 9648398
    Abstract: A method consistent with certain implementations involves receiving a triggerable declarative object (TDO) at a digital television receiver device that carries out a programmed script upon execution; the programmed script including a parameter discovery function that determines an operational parameter of the television receiver device and further includes a programmed function; initiating the execution of the TDO in order to initiate execution of the script on a processor of the television receiver device; running the script on the processor of the television receiver device in order to discover the operational parameter and in order to carry out the programmed function; and where the programmed function is conditional upon the discovered operational parameter of the television receiver. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Patent number: 9124951
    Abstract: An example apparatus that processes DTVCC data has a demultiplexer that extracts DTVCC data packets from a DTV signal. A parser parses the DTVCC data packets by: passing normal DTVCC data to a CC decoder; detecting ancillary data in the DTVCC data packets; and separating the ancillary data from the DTVCC data for output to an ancillary data process. An apparatus that processes DTVCC data has an ancillary data packager that packages data ancillary to DTV data for insertion into the DTVCC data packets. A DTVCC data packager receives CC data into DTVCC data packets and packages the ancillary data together with the DTVCC data into DTVCC data packets. A multiplexer multiplexes the DTVCC data packets from the DTVCC data packager with non-CCDTV data to produce DTV signal data. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Blanchard, Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Publication number: 20150046942
    Abstract: A method consistent with certain implementations involves receiving a triggered declarative object (TDO) to a digital television receiver device that carries out a programmed routine when activated; receiving a trigger object associated with the TDO to the digital television receiver device; receiving a back-off parameter that represents a time interval during which the trigger is to initiate an operation; the digital television receiver device having a processor that establishes a random time within the time interval of the backoff parameter in which the TDO is activated; and the digital television receiver device processor initiating the operation at the random time. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth EYER
  • Publication number: 20150020146
    Abstract: A method consistent with certain implementations involves receiving a triggerable declarative object (TDO) at a digital television receiver device that carries out a programmed script upon execution; the programmed script including a parameter discovery function that determines an operational parameter of the television receiver device and further includes a programmed function; initiating the execution of the TDO in order to initiate execution of the script on a processor of the television receiver device; running the script on the processor of the television receiver device in order to discover the operational parameter and in order to carry out the programmed function; and where the programmed function is conditional upon the discovered operational parameter of the television receiver. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth EYER
  • Publication number: 20150007219
    Abstract: A method consistent with certain implementations involves delivering a triggered declarative object (TDO) to a television receiver device that carries out a programmed routine when user activated and includes an announcement definition that announces presence of the TDO to the at the announcement time; and the TDO including data that defines a time of display of an announcement and a location on a video display for display of the announcement of the TDO. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Blanchard, Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Patent number: 8918828
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention includes a technique for extracting private user data. A data sequence in a packetized transport stream is parsed to obtain a user data identifier (UDI) associated with a pre-defined data structure. The UDI is registered with a registration authority and is different from a standard identifier that is defined by a standard organization in a published standard document. The UDI is recognized. The private user data is extracted from the data sequence according to the pre-defined data structure corresponding to the recognized UDI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Kenneth Eyer, Robert Noel Blanchard
  • Patent number: 8898723
    Abstract: A method consistent with certain implementations involves receiving a triggerable declarative object (TDO) at a digital television receiver device that carries out a programmed script upon execution; the programmed script including a parameter discovery function that determines an operational parameter of the television receiver device and further includes a programmed function; initiating the execution of the TDO in order to initiate execution of the script on a processor of the television receiver device; running the script on the processor of the television receiver device in order to discover the operational parameter and in order to carry out the programmed function; and where the programmed function is conditional upon the discovered operational parameter of the television receiver. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Patent number: 8893210
    Abstract: A method consistent with certain implementations involves receiving a triggered declarative object (TDO) to a digital television receiver device that carries out a programmed routine when activated; receiving a trigger object associated with the TDO to the digital television receiver device; receiving a back-off parameter that represents a time interval during which the trigger is to initiate an operation; the digital television receiver device having a processor that establishes a random time within the time interval of the backoff parameter in which the TDO is activated; and the digital television receiver device processor initiating the operation at the random time. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Patent number: 8878913
    Abstract: A method of transporting data within a DTV bit stream involves in a stream of digital video closed caption data packets, receiving closed caption text and a two bit extended packet control field; where the two bit extended packet control field has a value that designates that the information in cc_data_1 and cc_data_2 fields of the digital video closed caption data packets contain an extended packets within the digital video closed caption data packets; receiving the extended packets within the digital video closed caption data packets in the cc_data_1 and cc_data_2 fields that carry extended channel packets. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Patent number: 8863171
    Abstract: A method consistent with certain implementations involves delivering a triggered declarative object (TDO) to a television receiver device that carries out a programmed routine when user activated and includes an announcement definition that announces presence of the TDO to the at the announcement time; and the TDO including data that defines a time of display of an announcement and a location on a video display for display of the announcement of the TDO. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Blanchard, Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Publication number: 20140259052
    Abstract: An example apparatus that processes DTVCC data has a demultiplexer that extracts DTVCC data packets from a DTV signal. A parser parses the DTVCC data packets by: passing normal DTVCC data to a CC decoder; detecting ancillary data in the DTVCC data packets; and separating the ancillary data from the DTVCC data for output to an ancillary data process. An apparatus that processes DTVCC data has an ancillary data packager that packages data ancillary to DTV data for insertion into the DTVCC data packets. A DTVCC data packager receives CC data into DTVCC data packets and packages the ancillary data together with the DTVCC data into DTVCC data packets. A multiplexer multiplexes the DTVCC data packets from the DTVCC data packager with non-CCDTV data to produce DTV signal data. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Blanchard, MARK KENNETH EYER
  • Patent number: 8817072
    Abstract: A method of decoding closed caption disparity data, involves a TV receiver receiving closed caption disparity data for a 3D display encoded as a sequence of frame interval/slope change pairs, with the frame interval representing a designated number of frames over which each linear function representing disparity is to be applied paired with a value indicating a change in slope from the slope of a preceding segment. A first segment in the sequence presumes a predetermined slope as a reference. A sequence of caption data packets specifies a closed caption display window containing closed caption text. The disparity value is used in each frame to determine a horizontal offset of left and right eye views of the CC display that establishes the closed caption display window's perceived z-axis position. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Kenneth Eyer, Ikuo Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 8813164
    Abstract: An example apparatus that processes DTVCC data has a demultiplexer that extracts DTVCC data packets from an DTV signal. A parser receives the DTVCC data packets and parses the data packets by: passing normal DTVCC data to a CC decoder; detecting ancillary data in the DTVCC data packets; and separating the ancillary data from the DTVCC data for output to an ancillary data process. An example apparatus that processes DTVCC data has an ancillary data packager that packages data ancillary to DTV data for insertion into the DTVCC data packets. A DTVCC data packager receives CC data from a CC data source into DTVCC data packets and packages the ancillary data together with the DTVCC data into DTVCC data packets. A multiplexer multiplexes the DTVCC data packets from the DTVCC data packager with non-CCDTV data to produce DTV signal data. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Blanchard, Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Publication number: 20140218475
    Abstract: Processing disparity data for closed captions for three dimensional video involves receiving closed caption data including closed caption text within a service block having a service number in the range of 1-6; mapping the service number to a corresponding mapped extended service having a service number in the range of 7 through 63; parsing the disparity data from the closed caption data appearing in the mapped extended service; receiving closed caption text data; and processing the caption text and disparity data to produce an output suitable for defining a rendering of a three dimensional image on a display of the caption text at a z-axis position defined by the disparity data. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Publication number: 20140186008
    Abstract: The video bookmark feature allows a user to tag an item or segment of interest within audio/video content being watched. Each tag, or bookmark, can contain within it metadata associated with the content captured by the receiver at the time the bookmark was recorded; further information can be derived via interaction over the Internet with a service provider. Applications supported by video bookmarks include telescoping ads, capturing screen shots for later review or printing, and retrieving more information about any arbitrary subject being viewed, whether it is a scene in a program, an advertisement, or other associated information about the subject. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth EYER
  • Patent number: 8760498
    Abstract: A method of processing disparity data for closed captions for three dimensional video involves receiving closed caption data including closed caption text within a first Standard service block having a service number in the range of 1-6; receiving closed caption disparity data within a Standard service block having a service number equal to n, where n is between 1 and 6; receiving a linkage field which associates each instance of said disparity data to a corresponding Standard service; parsing the disparity data from the closed caption data appearing in service number n; and processing the caption text and disparity data to produce an output suitable for defining a rendering of a three dimensional image on a display of the caption text at a z-axis position defined by the disparity data. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth Eyer
  • Patent number: 8756642
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a method for receiving non-real time push content involves receiving a transport stream containing an Internet Protocol stream of packets containing non-real time content, non-real time service metadata and non-real time content metadata; demultiplexing the Internet Protocol stream of packets to produce: non-real time content, non-real time service metadata, and non-real time content metadata; where the Non-Real Time content metadata includes a Non-Real Time push NRT_Service_Category. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Kenneth Eyer